Let’s be honest, chasing a small one all day long leaves little room for fashion inspiration and makes you lean towards living in PJs on your days off. I get it, I understand but hell, I don’t condone it. Having a kid doesn’t mean your life is over, gaining a bit of post baby weight (even if 4 yrs later) doesn’t mean we abandon ourselves. Maybe it is easier for me to say since I deal with clothing and personal style day in and day out with my clients but I have mom friends who do not work in the industry and still manage to look their best. So when I go off to pick up a few groceries and see a few moms in sweatpants and scrunchies, I get a bit bothered. It really isn’t about vanity, but mood. When you look better, you feel better. Here are a few tips and tricks to keep you looking like the chica you were pre-baby, just a more stylish version.
Wash & Wear Hair
Blow drying and styling takes time, the time you don’t have. Why did you ask your stylist for a ultra blonde pixie? Get something simple. Highlights and colors far from your natural own are so noticeable when not kept. Opt for a color that lifts your own or one shade lighter so if you don’t touch up in 4 weeks, its no big deal. As for the style, ask for a cut that gives the middle finger to a blow dryer and that round brush that gave you biceps only on your right side (get it from pulling on curls? Oh, just me? okay, moving on). If you can run just a bit of product and walk out the door it is better than needing all morning and leaving half done because you ran out of time. Also, leave your cut long enough that on the laziest of days, a simple low bun is a fashionable classic that always saves the day.
Weekly manicures, while well deserved as moms, aren’t always an option. In fact, every time I take a little “me” time, the hubs is calling non-stop to see when I will be back. That is why I go for the no-chip option. Basically, your manicure will last 2-3 weeks. While this can be a pricey option, but some places have deal days. I go on Wednesdays to see Jules because it costs $30 rather than $45. No time still for that? Clear polish and cuticle oil. Clean, simple and pretty and if it chips, no one notices. Though check out the colors above…who wants clear when you can have that?
The Makeup Bag
I mentioned this months ago but I will mention it again. Simplicity is best! When I freelance as a makeup artist, I always have the urge to wake up extra early to glam up my eyes and do something fancy. I end up hitting snooze until the baby wakes me up and then I only have 5 minutes to apply my face. Keep your bag simple. Invest in a makeup palette from Bobbi Brown or Nars so all of your color combinations are all in one place. And at the end of the day, if your eyebrows are well groom, mascara and lipstick (just a weeeee more color than gloss alone) and you are good to go.
Being a mom is a full-time job. Correction…it is TWO full-time jobs squeezed into 24 hours. Let’s be honest, with all that we have to do who on EARTH has time to “plan” an outfit. Don’t. Just have a “go to” uniform. I swear I run to the store in the exact same outfit every time, well, different colors of course. I like my straight leg jeans, a cute pair of flats, basic top, jacket and on my way out the door, I throw on a watch and hooped earring that are bigger than life. Reads more like this: I am a polish uber chic mom on the go with street cred. Yes, the look I was going for. JLo would be so proud. But hey, it works. Best of all, I have it organized that way in my closet so when I have to go…I just go.
Love the twins
Yes, your kids but really I meant the boobage. You heard it everywhere “wear the right size bra”blah, blah, blah” but for some reason you still are not wearing the right size. The best way to check? Pull on the back of your bra. I bet it stretches far out, huh? That’s bc it is too big. I still laugh when they are sold out of a style at the ever so popular “bra store” and I get told, “well your sister size”. I stop the sales girl in her tracks and say “there is NO SUCH THING”. Your bra size is your bra size. A “sister size” will result in droop and the appearance of ten, yes ten, pounds. I will rather wait until my size is back in stock and so should you. PS get measured by a professional, not the mall. The girls get trained with a 5 minutes video in the back room and handed a pink tape. Trust me, I know, I was one of them ages ago and wearing the wrong size myself.
Here is an extra rule. There are NO rules. These are merely guidelines to make your life easier. No more excuses and I hope not to see any more moms looking sad rocking the sweats or worse, the PJ pant at the supermarket!